I’ve written quite a bit on here over the past few years and it’s easy for individual posts to get lost in the forest of posts that is this blog. Here are a few highlights, then, some of the most-read blog posts as well as a few of my own favourites.
On the Bible, general theology, and such like:
- “What is the Bible, and How Should We Read It?”: A few different posts rolled into one, giving an introduction to the Christian Bible and some thoughts on how Christians should read it.
- “The God Who Is”: How do you imagine God? Here are a few thoughts on how I imagine God.
- “When Everyone’s Biblical and We All Disagree”: This happens a lot. So what do we do?
- “What is ‘Sin’?”: Maybe not what you think…?
- “Christians and Israel”: A three-part blog series exploring how Christians should think about the modern state of Israel.
- “Taking the Bible Seriously”: Reminds me of Madeleine L’Engle’s quip: “I take the Bible too seriously to take it all literally.”
- “What did Og ever do to you?”: Reading—and even praying—the violent texts of Scripture in light of Jesus.
- “Christians Need to Be More Conservative, Not Less”: Think biblical inerrancy and young earth creationism are “conservative”? Nope. They’re actually pretty recent theological innovations.
- “‘All Scripture is inspired by God’ doesn’t mean ‘All Scripture is equally important'”: In which I confess my own “canon within a canon.”
- “I’m an Atheist”: Clickbait. But it’s true. A little ditty on all the false gods we create.
- “The Bible, the Gospel, Jesus, and ‘The Word of God'”: According to the Bible, the Bible as we know it is not “the word of God.” So what is?
- “‘The Bible is Clear’: No, It’s Not—But That’s Okay”: No, it’s really not. But yes, that is okay.
On Jesus, the Gospel, and the Kingdom of God:
- “My Confession of Faith”: “There is only one reason why I am, and remain, a Christian: Jesus.”
- “Not the Gospel”: A little harsh, maybe, but someone has to say it: many popular versions of the gospel are not the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- “What is the ‘Narrow Way’ of Jesus?”: TL;DR: Jesus’ teaching, especially in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount.
- “The Lord’s Prayer for All People”: “Our Father in heaven, in whose image all people have been created, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, your kingdom without borders, your will for justice and peace, on earth as it is in heaven…”
- “‘Turn the Other Cheek’ ≠ ‘Be a Doormat'”: Nope. It doesn’t.
- “Jesus Was a Peacenik After All”: On Jesus’ “pacifism.”
- “The Foolishness of the Cross”: Still the most succinct description of what I think the crucifixion of Jesus “means.”
- “Mary on the Margins”: Re-centering Mary Magdalene.
- “All you ever do is talk about Jesus and love. Why don’t you preach the gospel?”: Well, actually…
- “Which Jesus is the ‘Real Jesus’?”: On what it means to follow Jesus when there are many distinct Jesuses in the New Testament.
- “God’s Dream for the World”: a.k.a. “The Kingdom of God.”
- “Exclusively Jesus, Inclusively All”: Wrestling with the tension between Christianity’s exclusive and inclusive claims.
- “The Great Commission: Make Decisions? Make Converts? Or Make Disciples?”: Hint: it’s not the first two.
- “Blessed Are the Outliers”: “One of the realities of statistical analysis is something known as an ‘outlier.’ An outlier is a data point, a recorded observation, that sits outside the mainstream of data. It’s an oddity, an anomaly…”
- “Bishop Curry, Luke and Acts, and ‘Christianity Lite'”: Really a mini “theology of Luke-Acts,” which turns some of our assumptions about “faithful Christianity” upside down.
More specifically on Jesus’ way of love:
- “You Know, ‘Love One Another’ Really Is Enough”: “The 4th-century theologian Jerome tells a story about the Apostle John. John was old and frail, unable to walk, so his disciples would carry him into the gathering of believers on the Lord’s Day. Every week these were his words to the congregation: ‘Little children, love one another.’…”
- “Sermon from a Morden Church”: On “others,” how they are made, and how this “othering” is reversed.
- “Love will win. Love must win, or we all lose.”: My reflections in the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando night club massacre.
- “Jesus Fulfills the Law—in Love”: “You don’t have to read far into Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount to hear this astounding claim by Jesus: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill…”